Reading Habits and Their Influence on Academic Achievement Among Students at Asia Pacific International University
AbstractIn this study reading habits have been correlated with academic achievement. Students whohave developed the habits of reading academic and non-academic materials develop theircomprehension of concepts, critical thinking skills, and verbal fluency and ultimately havebetter academic outcomes. This quantitative study examined reading habits and theirinfluence on the academic achievements of students at Asia-Pacific International University,Mauk Lek, Thailand. A convenience sampling method was utilized to select 250 individualswho responded to a survey questionnaire, A Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS)was used to analyze the data. A multiple regression and Correlation Matrix analysis checkedthe influence of reading habits on academic achievement. Among the five variables, the studyconfirmed that the purpose of reading has a significant relationship with academicperformance. Furthermore, the findings indicated that the majority of the respondents valuethe importance of reading. However, the respondents had low reading habits. The studyrecommends that policymakers in universities should develop plans and for increasingstudents‘ reading habits. This includes providing resources to encourage students to take upreading. In addition, administrators should develop strategies for teachers to create activitiesthat can promote reading habits, which would, in turn, improve students‘ academicperformance.
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